The mayor of Nice has announced that masks will once again be mandatory on all public transport in the area starting Monday (July 11).
Christian Estrosi, speaking on RTL this morning, said the decision had been taken with other mayors of the Nice métropole, which consists of 51 communes stretching along the Côte d'Azur and up into the mountainous region along the French-Italian border.
The decision means that Nice is going further than the national government, which has so far only recommended wearing masks on public transport and crowded places.
It comes as the seventh Covid wave hits France, with around 120,000 cases per day on average, including over 200,000 in the past 24 hours.
Mr Estrosi said: “We can clearly see that the seventh wave is soaring and is taking us towards a high-risk September when schools return.”
Vers un retour du port du masque dans les transports à Nice : "J'ai pris l'arrêté, c'est à partir de lundi", @cestrosi dans #RTLMatin avec @VenturaAlba. "Le gouvernement le recommande mais il sera obligé d'y venir" pic.twitter.com/JkBPOxiBcd— RTL France (@RTLFrance) July 6, 2022
Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to developing severe forms of Covid and are urged to get a second booster vaccine dose if they have not done so already. The booster is available to all over 60s and is recommended.